World Cup Group C

Doug Mendoza
June 21, 2018

The Real Madrid star scored the only goal as Portugal beat Morocco 1-0 in their second World Cup game on Wednesday, putting his country in a strong position to qualify for the knockout stages of the competition.

Didier Deschamps has also opted for a change in midfield, with Blaise Matuidi replacing Bayern Munich's Corentin Tolisso in the middle.

The 19-year-old Mbappe tapped in after Olivier Giroud's shot looped over goalkeeper Pedro Gallese when it took a deflection off a defender in the 34th minute of a high-intensity opening half.

But it was Peru who had the upper hand after the break.

For Peru, Jefferson Farfan and Renato Tapia are pushed to the bench, with Pedro Aquino coming in. France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris was one of three opposing captains, along with Australia's Mile Jedinak and Denmark's Simon Kjaer, who signed a letter to Federation Internationale de Football Association supporting the lifting of the ban.

Griezmann had a pair of opportunities stopped within the first 15 minutes, with Mbappe and Dembele consistently getting past Peru's defence to set up scoring chances.

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It was a lone goal from Kylian Mbappe that was the difference.

Underdogs Peru are capable of beating anyone at the World Cup and will not allow France to bully them in their Group C clash, coach Ricardo Gareca said yesterday.

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Peru's defender Alberto Rodriguez (left) and France's forward Olivier Giroud vie for the ball during their Russian Federation 2018 World Cup Group C match at the Ekaterinburg Arena in Ekaterinburg on June 21, 2018. The chemistry they found as substitutes carried over and it sharpened France's attack.

Thursday marked the 100th global appearance for Lloris. The South Americans' last appearance was in 1982 and they made this like a home game, ensuring their red and white dominated the Yekaterinburg Arena.

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